Seattle events calendar for July 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Seattle, Washington.

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Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Wooden boat festival

July 2 - 4, 2016

1.5 miles north

Enjoy free boat rides, tours, live music, kids’ activities, and food/beer vendors at Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival at Center for Wooden Boats. Free.


Concerts at the locks

July 2 - Sept. 17, 2016 (begins May 29)

6 miles NW

Hear a concert on the lawn at beautiful Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard. Begins at 2 p.m. except June 10 & 29 begin at noon. Free.

Airplanes, cars, motorcycles

July 3, 2016

42 miles SW

Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels is airplanes, flyovers, a car show, race cars, motorcycles, and a beer garden at the Tacoma Narrows Airport.


July 4, 2016

Many of these are all-day events.

  • Bellevue - Downtown Park 10:05 p.m.
  • Edmonds - Civic Stadium 10 p.m.
  • Everett - Port Gardner Bay 10:20 p.m.
  • Federal Way - Celebration Park 10:15 p.m.
  • Kent - Lake Meridian Park 10 p.m.
  • Kirkland - Marina Park 10:15 p.m.
  • Lakewood - Joint Base Lewis-McChord 10 p.m.
  • Newcastle - Lake Boren Park 10 p.m.
  • Renton - Coulon Park 10 p.m.
  • SeaTac - Angle Lake Park 10:15 p.m.
  • Seattle - Gas Works Park 10:20 p.m. (see below)
  • Tacoma - Ruston Way 10:10 p.m. (see below)

Welcome new Americans

July 4, 2016

1 mile NW

Watch 500 people from 80 countries become Americans at the emotional naturalization ceremony at Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion. Band plays at 11 a.m. Ceremony and speeches at 12 p.m. Free.

Fourth of July - Seattle

July 4, 2016

4 miles north

The Seafair Summer Fourth opens at noon in Gas Works Park and 3 p.m. in South Lake Union Park with family activities, entertainment, food vendors, and a beverage garden. Fireworks start at 10:20 p.m. Bring no alcohol, fireworks, glass bottles, or pets. Free.

Patriotic dog walk

July 4, 2016 (9 a.m.)

10.4 miles east

Wear red, white, and blue for the Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk, a non-competitive 4K for you and your dog near Bellevue Library. Discount tickets $12.

Fourth of July - Bainbridge

July 4, 2016

11 miles west via ferry

Take the Bainbridge Island ferry on foot to the Grand Old Fourth of July for a pancake breakfast, car show, foot race, street fair, beer/wine garden, activities for kids, parade at 1 p.m., and fireworks at 10:20 p.m.

Fourth of July - Tacoma

July 4, 2016

36 miles south

Tacoma Freedom Fair and Airshow features six music stages, food booths, beer gardens, an air show, and a big fireworks show at 10:10 p.m. Donation requested.

Traditional music

July 4 - 9, 2016

54 miles NW via ferry

Hear masters perform at Festival of American Fiddle Tunes at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. See the schedule.

Chamber music

July 5 - 30, 2016

0.5 miles south

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival at Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall has free recitals before performances. Repeats in Feb.

Charming musical

July 6 - Aug. 13, 2016

6.3 miles north

Big Fish is about a traveling salesman who tells tall tales and a son seeking the truth behind his father’s stories, by Taproot Theatre Company. Discount tickets $17.

Air show & car show

July 7 - 9, 2016

43 miles north

See 1,000 home-built, classic, vintage, and military airplanes with live music, a beer garden, and kids’ area at Arlington Fly-In at Arlington Municipal Airport.

Tango festival

July 7 - 11, 2016

multiple locations

The five-day Tango Magic festival includes classes from beginning to advanced, plus milongas (dances).

Bike ride at night

July 8, 2016

4 miles north

The 15-mile Seattle Night Ride starts at Peddler Brewing, follows bike trails to Myrtle Edwards Park for snacks, and returns to the start for a party with a food truck, beer, and games. Minors OK. Bicycle must have headlight, tail light, and red rear reflector.

Wine at the zoo

July 8, 2016 (6 p.m., VIP 5 p.m.)

5 miles north

Bring a glass and ID to taste boutique wines from 40 wineries on the North Meadow of Woodland Park Zoo at Tasting Flight, which includes animal encounters and live music. VIP ticket includes glass and buffet.

Dance performance

July 8 - 9, 2016

0.5 mile west

Seattle Theatre Group presents the annual multi-cultural DANCE This at The Moore Theatre.

Redmond Derby Days

July 8 - 9, 2016

15 miles NE

Redmond Derby Days has both a kids’ parade and grand parade, art fair, bicycle race, 5K, carnival, beer & wine garden, and fireworks at Redmond City Hall Campus. See schedule. Free.

Scrapbook Expo

July 8 - 9, 2016

36 miles south

Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at Scrapbook Expo at Puyallup fairgrounds.

Beer festival

July 8 - 10, 2016

1 mile NW

Choose from 220 beers at the Seattle International Beerfest at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center.

West Seattle festival

July 8 - 10, 2016

6 miles SW

West Seattle Summer Fest is a neighborhood street fair with arts and crafts, shopping, live music, local food, beer gardens, and a kids’ play area. Free.

Redmond art fair

July 8 - 10, 2016

15 miles NE

Redmond Arts Festival has 70 artists, food trucks, live music, and performances at Redmond Town Center.

Short plays in Edmonds

July 8 - 10, 2016

17 miles north

See a variety of 15-minute shows and vote for your favorite at Festival of Shorts at Driftwood Players.

Discount tickets $11.

Kent family festival

July 8 - 10, 2016

20 miles south

Kent Cornucopia Days is a street fair and carnival with food, entertainment, dragon boat races & skateboard tournament Sat., and parade 2 p.m. Sun. Free.

Polish Festival

July 9, 2016

1 mile NW

Polish Festival offers Polish music, dance, beer, food, crafts, and workshops at Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Wallingford family day

July 9, 2016

4 miles north

Wallingford Family Parade & Festival starts at 11 a.m. with a neighborhood parade on N. 45th Street, and continues at noon with craft vendors, food, beer, wine, kids’ activities, and music.

Goat games

July 9, 2016 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

32 miles NE

Watch pet goats compete in foot races, obstacle courses, and contests at Goatalympics at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Free.

Outdoor plays

July 9 - 10, 2016

2 miles NE

Watch Shakespeare, family plays, and comic theater at Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival on the lawns and in the amphitheater at Volunteer Park. Free.

Queen Anne festival

July 9 - 10, 2016

2.5 miles NW

Queen Anne Days: Saturday has a fun run, art walk, beer/wine/cider garden, car show, and 1:30 p.m. dog parade. Sunday has kids’ music, 11 a.m. kids’ parade, carnival games, and crafts. Food both days. Free.

Ballard seafood festival

July 9 - 10, 2016

6 miles NW

Eat seafood, watch a lutefisk-eating contest, hear music, see art, visit the family stage, and enjoy the BeerFest at the Ballard SeafoodFest. You may even spot a Viking at this free Scandinavian event.

Wedgwood Art Festival

July 9 - 10, 2016

7 miles NE

The small Wedgwood Art Festival has local artists, music, food, 1:05 family shows, and fun at Our Lady of the Lake at 35th Ave. NE & NE 89th St. Free.

Tacoma art festival

July 10, 2016

38 miles south

Music and art lovers converge on 6th Avenue in Tacoma for Art on the Ave, which has live music, local restaurant food, and art installations. Free.

Glass-school open house

July 10, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)

53 miles north

Watch hot glass demonstrations by artists, take a tour of the campus founded by Dale Chihuly, buy glass art, and do glass activities at the Pilchuck Glass School Open House in Stanwood. Buy tickets online.

Garden walks

July 10 & 17, 2016

multiple locations


July 10 - Sept. 18, 2016 (also May & June)

1 mile NW

Watch the women of Seattle Storm play a game with their heart and soul in KeyArena.

Discount tickets $8 to $25.

White Center Jubilee Days

July 13 - 17, 2016

9 miles south

White Center Jubilee Days has a carnival every day, fireworks on Wed., car show Sat., parade Sun., street fair and kids’ center on the weekend. Free.

Olympia summer festival

July 13 - 17, 2016

65 miles south

Lakefair at Capital Lake includes a carnival, food booths, entertainment, 3K and 8K runs Sat., a parade Sat. 5 p.m., and fireworks Sun. 10 p.m. Free.

Forest music festival

July 14 - 16, 2016

27 miles east

Timber Outdoor Music Festival has 30 performers, a 5K run/walk, children’s activities, and camping in forested Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation. No dogs.

King County Fair

July 14 - 17, 2016

45 miles SE

The King County Fair offers food, music, carnival rides, exhibits, entertainment, and a beer & wine garden at the Enumclaw Expo Center.

Bremerton beer tasting

July 15 - 16, 2016

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

A short walk from the ferry terminal is Bremerton Summer BrewFest, with beer samples from 30 state breweries, live music, and food vendors for ages 21+. No pets.

Free music festival

July 15 - 16, 2016

171 miles east

Basin Summer Sounds is a family friendly multi-genre music festival outside the historic Grant County Courthouse in Ephrata. Free.

Bite of Seattle

July 15 - 17, 2016

1 mile NW

Buy tastes from 50 restaurants at the Bite of Seattle, which also has cooking demos, wine tasting, a beer garden, and entertainment. Friday is least crowded. The Alley on Fisher rooftop has a package of 7 gourmet tastes to support charity. Free entry at Seattle Center.

Indian PowWow

July 15 - 17, 2016

6.7 miles NW

Seafair Indian Days PowWow includes competitive dancing, drumming, native dress, native art for sale, food booths, and salmon dinners at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Discovery Park. No pets.

Kirkland wine tasting

July 15 - 17, 2016

11 miles NE

Enjoy art, food, wine, vendors, and a boat show at Kirkland Uncorked on the lakeshore at Marina Park.

Vashon strawberry festival

July 15 - 17, 2016

16 miles SW via Fauntleroy ferry

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival has music, dance, a parade 11 a.m. Sat., carnival rides, a pancake breakfast, beer garden, and 200 vendors. Free. A shuttle service from the ferry boat is $1.

Lavender festival

July 15 - 17, 2016

66 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Sequim Lavender Festival has lavender farm tours & a street fair with crafts, food, beer, wine, and music. Free.

Darrington Bluegrass Festival

July 15 - 17, 2016

75 miles NE

Hear great music outdoors, shop food vendors, and camp at Darrington Bluegrass Festival.

Thomas Train ride

July 15 - 17 and 22 - 24, 2016

29 miles east

Day Out With Thomas includes a 25-minute train ride, stories and videos, and crafts for kids at Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie.

Milk carton derby

July 16, 2016

5 miles north

See 100 boats made of milk cartons plus stand-up paddleboards compete for speed and style prizes on Seafair Derby Day at Green Lake. Free.

Burien block party

July 16, 2016

12 miles south

Olde Burien Block Party features live music, beer gardens, and food vendors on SW 152nd St. Free.

Snoqualmie bike ride

July 16, 2016

30 miles east

Tour de Peaks Bike Ride is a 25, 50, or 100 mile ride through beautiful Snoqualmie Valley, which includes snacks and ends at the North Bend Block Party.

Obstacle race

July 16, 2016

40 miles south

Overcome mud, fire, ropes, and barricades to complete the 3.2 mile Warrior Dash for a medal, T-shirt, and after-party at Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake.

Dragon festival

July 16 - 17, 2016

1.5 miles SE

Chinatown International District Dragon Fest is a street fair of Japanese drumming, Chinese martial arts, Filipino and Indian dancing, American jazz, and $2 Asian cuisine in the International District. Free.

Japanese festival

July 16 - 17, 2016

1.7 miles SE

Honor our ancestors at Bon Odori Festival with traditional dancing, Taiko drums, martial arts, and Japanese food & crafts at Seattle Buddhist Church.

Bicycle to Portland

July 16 - 17, 2016

4 miles NE

The non-competitive 200-mile Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic is one of America’s best. The 10,000 tickets sell out early. Starts north of Husky Stadium.

Belly dance festival

July 16 - 17, 2016

6 miles SW

Watch belly dancing outdoors in Hiawatha Park and inside the community center, and visit food trucks and vendors at Mediterranean Fantasy Festival. Free.

Maritime festival

July 16 - 17, 2016

35 miles south

Celebrate Tacoma’s rich maritime history with live music, tall ships, boat tours, boat rides, and food vendors at Tacoma Maritime Fest on Dock Street. Free.

Gold-rush street festival

July 17, 2016

1 mile south

Go Klondike Legacy Day has gold panning, old-time music, a scavenger hunt, a dog-sled team, and a salmon BBQ outside the free Klondike Gold Rush Museum to celebrate the first gold arriving in Seattle.

Dog walk

July 17, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

11.4 miles north

Celebrate and support old dogs that need foster care at the 0.3 mile Walk for Old Dogs & Old Dog Pageant at Cromwell Park in Shoreline. Costumes are welcome.

Zoo concerts

July 17 - Aug. 24, 2016 (begins June 30)

5 miles north

ZooTunes features world-class artists at Woodland Park Zoo. One free child 12 or under per adult.

Rootsy folk music

July 21, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

Audiences love The Wailin’ Jennys for their warm, beautiful three-part harmonies and soulful songs. Hear their unique arrangements of folk, bluegrass, Celtic music, ragtime, and country at Benaroya Hall. Discount tickets $18.

Annual dance show

July 21 - 23, 2016 (8 p.m.)

1.5 miles NW

Arc Dance performs its Summer Dance at the Center, including 3 premieres, at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival

July 21 - 23, 2016

45 miles SW

Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival has a “Sip and Stroll” on Thursday; winemaker dinners on Friday; and a Grand Tasting, classes, and after-party on Saturday.

Capitol Hill rock concert

July 22 - 24, 2016

1 mile east

Capitol Hill Block Party is a three-day music festival with 100 bands, DJs, craft booths, and food trucks.

Renton River Days

July 22 - 24, 2016

16 miles SE

Renton River Days features arts and crafts, a parade at 10 a.m. Sat., food vendors, entertainment, and kids’ activities in Liberty Park. Free.

Urban scavenger race

July 23, 2016

1 mile NW

Teams solve puzzles and face challenges in various neighborhoods on CitySolve Urban Race, starting at 88 Keys. Discount tickets $13.

Open house at the opera

July 23, 2016 (12 to 3 p.m.)

1.3 miles NW

Summer Fest includes live music, interactive hands-on demonstrations, costume displays, and descriptions of upcoming operas at McCaw Hall. Free.

Phinney beer tasting

July 23, 2016

5 miles north

Enjoy micro brews, pub food, and music outdoors at the Summer Beer Taste at Phinney Neighborhood Center. No kids or pets.

Solar festival

July 23, 2016

11 miles north

Shoreline Community College hosts the NW SolarFest, a renewable energy and sustainable living fair. Hear live music and see 60 exhibitors and vendors, plus electric vehicles. Free.

Run for frozen yogurt

July 23, 2016

16 miles NE

That’s right, you get a cup of frozen yogurt with toppings after you run or walk the FroYo 5k/10K at Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland.

Sand castle competition

July 23, 2016

172 miles SW

See incredible sand sculptures built by competing teams during Sandsations, which is next to the boardwalk in Long Beach, on the Pacific Coast. Free.

Alki Point art fair

July 23 - 24, 2016

6 miles SW

Alki Art Fair draws 10,000 visitors to browse arts and crafts, and to hear live music near the beach. Free.

Craft fair

July 23 - 24, 2016

8 miles NE

Renegade Craft Fair offers indie crafts, artisan food, and music at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Repeats in Dec. Free.

Medieval village

July 23 - 24, 2016

27 miles east

Saint James Faire opens at noon with craft shops, archery and sword demonstrations, puppetry, music, dance, and lunch (dinner by reservation), at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation.

Chinatown parade

July 24, 2016

1.5 miles SE

Chinatown Seafair Parade features lion and dragon dances, martial arts, and the Chinese Girls Drill Team in the international district.

Inspirational speaker

July 24, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

4.7 miles NE

You’ve seen her on the news, and now Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot by the Taliban and won a Nobel Prize fighting for the education of women worldwide, will speak at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Tacoma food truck festival

July 24, 2016

34 miles south

Food Truck Fest features 23 food trucks, music, and a beer garden at Wright Park in Tacoma. Free entry.

Movies and beer

July 29, 2016

3.5 miles north

See short films, and buy 20 varieties of New Belgium beer plus food at Clips Beer & Film Tour in Gas Works Park. Age 21+. Free.

Jazz in Port Townsend

July 29 - 30, 2016

54 miles NW via ferry

Jazz Port Townsend concerts are held at Fort Worden State Park.

Bellevue art fair

July 29 - 31, 2016

11 miles east

Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair is one of America’s biggest and best. Find the top artists in the covered parking garage, west side of Bellevue Square. Free.

Vintage car show

July 29 - 31, 2016

37 miles south

See 2,500 custom, classic, and muscle cars and trucks plus hot rods at the Pacific Northwest Nationals at the Puyallup fairgrounds.

Mushroom festival

July 29 - 31, 2016

55 miles south

Enjoy mushroom hors d’oeuvres, cooking demos, a kids’ zone, wine/beer tent, music, and a glowing 5K Fri. at Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival, Lacey.

Dragon Boat Festival

July 30, 2016

1 mile north

Seattle Dragon Boat Festival has entertainment, kids’ activities, food, vendors, and exciting dragon boat races at South Lake Union Park. Free.

Torchlight parade

July 30, 2016

1 mile NW

Colorful floats, drill teams, and pirates fill 4th Avenue during the Seafair Torchlight Parade. Attend the pre-parade FanFest at Seattle Center to see exhibits, view floats, and meet participants. Free.

Art in a Ballard garden

July 30, 2016

7.1 miles NW

Art in the Garden features arts and crafts by 20 vendors, kids’ activities, a pie auction, food, a beer garden, and music at Ballard P-Patch. Free.

Apple cider festival

July 30, 2016 (1 to 5 p.m.)

29 miles NE

Taste hard ciders, meet the makers, and eat appetizers at Snohomish Hard Cider Festival for age 21+.

Scottish festival

July 30 - 31, 2016

43 miles SE

Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering is an athletic competition that also has colorful pipe bands, Scottish food and drink, and vendors, at the Expo Center in Enumclaw. No pets.

Filipino Festival

July 31, 2016

6 miles SE

Pista sa Nayon has food, entertainment, arts & crafts booths, and children’s games in Seward Park. Free.

Kirkland car show

July 31, 2016 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

15 miles NE

See hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles with music and food for sale at Kirkland Classic Car Show. Free.

Kitsap County bike ride

July 31, 2016

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

Take your bike on the Bremerton Ferry, and then cruise 10 to 100 rural miles in Tour de Kitsap. (If you prefer, you can start in Kingston or Silverdale.)

Concerts downtown

July 2016 (undated)

Downtown Seattle

Hear free music from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Out to Lunch Concert Series. Location varies.

Music and wine

July 2016 (undated)

0.5 mile west

Sip wine with snacks, and then dance to live music at Wine Rocks on Pier 66, Elliott Hall at Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

Chocolate event

July 2016 (undated)

12 miles east

Taste artisan and gourmet chocolates and confections from vendors at Seattle Chocolate Salon at Embassy Suites in Bellevue.

Eastside concert

July 2016 (undated)

15 miles NE

The Summer Concert Series features local bands and a beer garden at Redmond Town Center. Free.
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